Sweet Fate (Dirty Sweet #2) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Dylan Locke knows that pining over the young ingenue Audrey Lind is pointless. He can’t offer her what she wants. He definitely can’t give her what she needs. Thank goodness she’s half a world away, and he doesn’t have to deal with his attraction head on.

But fate has other plans for him, and when Audrey once again lands in his path, it’s only too easy to fall back into their easy rhythm. And then their easy banter. And of course, each other’s arms.

He tells himself nothing has changed. She still wants forever, and he still thinks tomorrow is long enough. But watching her search isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, and now Dylan must figure out if he’s really the love Scrooge he professes to be or if he’s been Fate’s willing victim all along.

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My Review

At the end of Sweet Liar, readers were left wondering if the passion and connection Dylan and Audrey shared would be enough for him to see past their age difference, his commitment issues, and the fact that their lives seemed to headed in drastically different directions. And to be honest…I really didn’t know what Dylan would decide or if Audrey would wait long enough for him to change his mind about defining what they mean to each other and to actually take a risk on what could be love despite his misgivings and his negative views on a forever kind of relationship. 

But that’s where Fate steps in…kismet if you will…because after months of separation, Dylan and Audrey reconnect and find that their attraction and desire for one another is still there, but that doesn’t mean Dylan is ready to go all in; in fact, he’s still holding firm to his decision to keep Audrey at arm’s length. Regardless of his head overruling his heart, though, Dylan still wants Audrey in his life, so while it’s not easy, these two become friends, which means that readers as well as Audrey still hold out hope that Dylan will finally realize that Audrey is meant to be his in every possible way.

It’s important that Sweet Fate was told through Dylan’s perspective because

it’s truly up to him whether he’s going to stop fighting his desire and feelings for Audrey and see what happens or if he’ll continue to question his thoughts and his actions, assessing every single aspect of his need for her. I don’t think I would have liked or enjoyed this duet if Dylan’s point of view wasn’t shared because he’s the one who doesn’t do love anymore…he’s the one who isn’t willing to put his heart on the line again, ensuring his already fractured heart doesn’t splinter anymore. And if their story was only told through Audrey’s perspective, I would not have understood why she kept going back to a man who couldn’t or wouldn’t give her what she wants.

I do wish readers were privy to Audrey’s perspective in some situations, but that’s because I love getting the full picture of everything that happens and the reasons behind each action.

Here’s why I think their age difference works for them, and I don’t think it’s because of Dylan being wiser or more experienced due to his age…I think it’s the fact that Audrey is a hopeless romantic…an optimist about life and love…a beautiful, sweet, and forgiving young woman who is willing to put EVERYTHING on the line for love, and that’s exactly the kind of woman that Dylan needs to wake him up…to show him that love doesn’t have to cost pain…to help him understand that she’ll protect his heart with every part of herself.

Sweet Fate is full of sexual tension due to the push and pull between Dylan and Audrey and the constant question about whether or not Dylan will give in or hold steadfast to his quest to keep his heart intact.

I adore Laurelin Paige’s stories, and I enjoyed her Dirty Sweet duet; Dylan and Audrey’s journey to happily ever after isn’t an easy one, but most of the time, love isn’t, and it’s in the struggle where people truly see what they’re made of, which is exactly the story Paige told in Sweet Liar and Sweet Fate.

4.5 Poison Apples


It was a completely different experience kissing Audrey, after I’d accepted the gravity of the feelings I had for her.

I knew the kiss meant nothing, that it would lead nowhere, but it felt like being bathed in radiant light.

Like I was an imprisoned man in a dark prison cell who, for one brief moment, was allowed to step outside into the sunlight. I was completely present for it. Each brush of her lips, each touch of her tongue—I memorized it all, imprinted every second into my brain so that I’d have it forever. I might still have worn shackles with no hope of freedom, but this moment mattered. It was real and divine, and I would cherish every last second of the stolen sunshine until my dying day.

I would’ve been content with only kissing, with just the shallow lifts and falls of her chest and frantic hands trying to caress and cling.

But Audrey had other ideas in mind, demonstrated by the quick work of her hands at my waist, unbuckling my belt, undoing my trousers, the slip of her hand inside the opening to stroke the outline of my very prominent erection.

“This,” she said between kisses. She pulled at the elastic waistband of my boxers and dipped her hand in to touch me directly.

I hissed at the feel of her soft hand against my hot skin.

“I want this,” she begged. “Can I have this?”

About the Author

With over 2.4 million books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her international success started with her very first series, the Fixed Trilogy, which, alone, has sold over 1 million copies, and earned her the coveted #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, simultaneously. This title also was named in People magazine as one of the top 10 most downloaded books of 2014. She’s also been #1 over all books at the Apple Book Store with more than one title in more than one country. She’s published both independently and with MacMillan’s St. Martin’s Press and Griffin imprints as well as many other publishers around the world including Harper Collins in Germany and Hachette/Little Brown in the U.K. With her edgy, trope-flipped stories of smart women and strong men, she’s managed to secure herself among today’s romance royalty.

Paige has a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis, and she credits her writing success to what she learned from both programs, though she’s also an avid learner, constantly trying to challenge her mind with new and exciting ideas and concepts. While she loves psychological thrillers and witty philosophical books and entertainment, she is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

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